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Psychiatric genetics in Australia

Mowry, Bryan J.

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Australian research in psychiatric genetics covers molecular genetic studies of depression, anxiety, alcohol dependence, Alzheimer's disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For each disorder, a variety of clinical cohorts have been recruited including affected sib pair families, trios, case/controls, and twins from a large population-based twin registry. These studies are taking place both independently and in collaboration with international groups. Microarray studies now complement DNA investigations, while animal models are in development. An Australian government genome facility provides a high throughput genotyping and mutation detection service to the Australian scientific community, enhancing the contribution of Australian psychiatric genetics groups to gene discovery.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Queensland, Queensland Centre for Schizophrenia Research, Wacol, Queensland, Australia

Sponsorship: This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grants 33505 and 35016, the Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation, and the Queensland Department of Health.

Correspondence to Bryan J. Mowry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Queensland, Queensland Centre for Schizophrenia Research, The Park, Centre for Mental Health, Wacol, Queensland 4076, Australia.

Tel: +61 7 3271 8693; fax: +61 7 3271 8682;

e-mail: bryan_mowry@qcsr.uq.edu.au

Received 24 September 2002 Accepted 13 January 2003

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.